October 10th is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is Mental Health in an Unequal World.
Working at AS&K
You celebrated 10 years at Remedica recently. How has your career developed in that time?
I have been lucky enough to progress at Remedica and am now a Principal Medical Writer, with a wide remit, which allows me to work over several projects and disease states.
10 years is a long time – what have been your highlights?
According to a recent BBC report, 70% of workers do not expect to return to their offices every day, but will continue to work from home for some or all of their working week (presumably the other 30% have no choice – lifeguards, anesthetists, traffic wardens, and so forth). But working from home is like marmite – some love it and some hate it – and it has become controversial.
We can’t be right all the time – and perhaps we learn more from mistakes than we think. But it’s important to be wrong in the right way. Leadership that honestly acknowledges uncertainty and that invites opinion and feedback from the wider team is key to good decision making – and a strength rather than a weakness, even when the ultimate decision ends up wrong.
Thomas Edison said “I never quit until I get what I’m after. Negative results are just what I’m after. They are just as valuable to me as positive results.”
Today we reopened our offices in London after almost 18 months. However, our team decided to follow the data not the dates, and just two people came in.
We don’t blame them. With COVID numbers still high (though starting to come down again) we want everyone to feel safe at work. We are happy for people to continue to work from home for as long as they want to.
We also know that our people are keen to get back together. A recent poll found the top five things that we’ve missed about actually working together in the office are:
Anthony Coulson, our Creative Head of Design Implementation, recently celebrated 10 years of working at AS&K. We asked him about the highlights.
You celebrated 10 years at AS&K recently. A decade is a long time – what have been your highlights?
The AS&K team has been reaping the mental health benefits of the great outdoors
The 10–16 May is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and this year’s theme is ‘Nature.’
How long have you worked in Med Comms?
I have been working in the healthcare industry for ~4 years, after completing my MSc in Biomedical Science. In a former life, I worked for pharmaceutical companies in clinical research departments. I’ve spent the last ~2 years working as a Medical Writer at Med Comms agencies.
How long have you worked at AS&K?
“The Creative Director likes your portfolio but doesn’t hire girls,” was my introduction to an internship at one of London’s trendy consumer advertising agencies of the time.
Two weeks later the Creative Director “did hire girls”. (Or a woman to be precise.)
Working and Wellness
It’s now been a full year since we began our pandemic-enforced working from home experience. We left the office with a rather optimistic note that “this might last several weeks or more, so remember to take all your gear home with you!”. But apart from a couple of weeks before the UK’s second wave in October, we’ve been at home ever since.